Global Teacher Prize Winner Hanan Al Hroub. Global Teacher prize branding by Brandcap & Neon


Congratulations Hanan Al Hroub, Global Teacher Prize Winner 2016.

Congratulations to Hanan Al Hroub, Samiha Khalil Secondary School, Palestine – Global Teacher Prize winner 2016. Announced by Pope Francis Hanan Al Hroub from Palestine received her Global Teacher Prize award from Sunny Varkey of the Varkey Foundation.

Hanan Al Hroub promotes the slogan “no to violence” and uses a specialist approach with children that she developed herself, and has written about in her book, We Play We Learn. It involves developing trusting, respectful and affectionate relationships, encouraging youngsters to work together and rewarding positive behaviour.

This year’s finalists were drawn from around the world, including the UK, Pakistan, Kenya, Palestine, the US, Japan, Finland, Australia and India. The winner receives $1m (£706,000) and will be asked to serve as a global ambassador for the Varkey Foundation, attending events and speaking about their work. But they are also required to remain working as a classroom teacher for at least five years as a condition of winning the award. The former US president Bill Clinton addressed the 10 candidates in a video message, saying: “You don’t hear it often enough, but your work is truly heroic.”

Hanan Al Hroub is planning to spend the money on helping students and teachers around the world to help them progress in their education and careers.

Hanan Al Hroub’s story.

Hanan Al Hroub grew up in the Palestinian refugee camp, Bethlehem, where she was regularly exposed to acts of violence. She went into primary education after her children were left deeply traumatised by a shooting incident they witnessed on their way home from school. Her experiences in meetings and consultations to discuss her children’s behaviour, development and academic performance in the years that followed led Hanan to try to help others who, having grown up in similar circumstances, require special handling at school.

Learn more about and share her incredible story here at the Global Teacher Prize website and also on the BBC’s and The Guardian websites.

What an inspiration to us all.

Hanan Al Hroub from Palestine received her Global Teacher Prize award from Sunny Varkey of the Varkey Foundation.

Neon created the brand identity for the Global Teacher Prize in 2014, for its inaugural launch in 2015.

By Dana Robertson Creative Director and Founder of Neon. The Global Teacher Prize brand mark on blackboard. Launching the "Nobel Prize" of teaching… The Varkey GEMS Foundation is a global charity devoted to providing access to education around the world. With the backing of major international public figures (including the two Bills - Clinton and Gates), they were planning to launch an annual award for the world's best teacher The Global Teacher Award - with a prize of $1 million for the winner. Our job, in collaboration with the strategic consultancy BrandCap, was to come up with a powerful identity for the Global Teacher Prize. And we didn't hesitate for a moment about taking as our creative starting-point the way that truly inspiring teachers create a sense of wonder in young minds. Seeing stars… But how we could capture that in a simple, user-friendly mark? Kaboom! An image came to us a in a shower of kinetic stardust; beautiful, highly emotive, and also just a tad ambiguous. Because whose head is it: the teacher's (giving off radiant energy), or the child's (being illuminated by it)? We used gold to create a sense of prestige, and for added texture; but the mark isn't reliant upon it (and come on, who didn't get a thrill when you earnt a gold star from teacher!). The graphic power of the image works equally well in black and a white, on an old-school chalkboard. And a simple but highly effective YouTube video, supported by an extensive social campaign, ensured that the "Nobel Prize for teaching" - as it soon became known - achieved a very high profile, very quickly indeed. At the time of writing, the Prize has just been awarded for the first time - to Nancie Atwell, an English teacher from Maine in the USA, who intends to donate the $1 million she won to the school that she founded. Now that's pretty inspiring, isn't it?. Idea, art direction and design by Neon Design & Branding Consultancy

The Global Teacher Award brand mark designed by Neon

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